June 23 ------ The Philippines on Monday logged 630 more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—467 “fresh” or newly validated and 163 reported late—bringing the total to 30,682. The Department of Health (DOH) also announced that total recoveries rose to 8,143 after 250 more patients recovered from the respiratory disease, while the death toll climbed to 1,177 with eight new fatalities.
This marks the fifth straight day of at least 400 fresh cases and 12th consecutive day of over 200 new recoveries. Among the fresh cases, 149 are from Metro Manila, 164 are from Region VII, one is a repatriate, while the remaining 153 are spread out across the country. Among the late cases, 25 are from Metro Manila, 93 are from Region VII, while the 45 other patients came from various areas nationwide.
As of June 20, the Philippines has 46 certified polymerase chain reaction facilities and 17 GeneXpert laboratories that have tested a total of 547,373 individuals. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier said that while the Philippines has sufficient test kits, the lack of other laboratory supplies is hampering the acceleration of testing in the country.